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CAMPUS WELLNESS AND SUPPORT SERVICES

ADVISOR, ACCESS CENTRE FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES (C1988)


Posted on: April 15, 2021
Deadline: April 28, 2021
Grade: N/A
Campus: SGW

Note

This posting represents a one-year contract position.

Scope

Reporting to the Manager, Access Centre for Students with Disabilities (ACSD), the incumbent provides students, faculty, and staff with relevant information, interpretations, and recommendations on various issues pertaining to the individual accessibility and accommodation needs of students with disabilities (i.e., physical, medical conditions, mental health, learning, injuries). He/she acts as an advisor, analyzes, and reviews student documentation in assessing the student’s need and eligibility of accessibility services and accommodations. Using this information, the incumbent sets out an accommodation plan with the student, which is reviewed as needed. He/she acts as a resource and support to students, faculty, and staff in accessibility. He/she contributes to the on-going improvement of university accessibility and inclusion for students with disabilities.

Primary responsibilities

  • Analyze and review documentation in assessing the student’s need and eligibility of accessibility services and accommodations.
  • Interview and consult students in the development of an individualized accommodation and accessibility plan; using documentation provided (eg. Psychological assessments, medical documentation), evidence-based criteria set by the unit and by MEES, recommend accommodations and accessibility services to support their university learning experience.
  • Consult with students and faculty to ensure that the accommodations and accessibility services as set out in their plan are being implemented appropriately; troubleshoot with students and faculty on complex situations pertaining to their accommodations and accessibility services be available to support students under stress as needed.
  • Recommend, coach and support students on the use of current, evidence-based adaptive technologies in the classroom and remotely.
  • Support students on their application and follow-up for government aid programs as needed.
  • Support the day-to-day operations and service delivery of the unit and facilitate case analysis and discussions; ensure that the ACSD Manager is regularly advised of issues and concerns relating to complex cases and situations.
  • Maintain liaison with faculty, departments and students regarding accommodations and accessibility services pertaining to classrooms and exams.
  • Participate as a member of internal/external committees on policies related to accessibility or Universal Design for Learning, or organizations dealing with higher education and disability, and coordinate projects in keeping with the goals of the unit.
  • Participate as a member of internal/external committees on policies related to accessibility or Universal Design for Learning, or organizations dealing with higher education and disability, and coordinate projects in keeping with the goals of the unit.
  • Provide information and psycho-education to faculty and staff via workshops and other evidence-based documentation on disabilities and accessibility/inclusive practices; develop and provide workshops to students on topics related to accommodations, accessibility, and adaptive technologies.
  • Ensure the upkeep of documentation, case notes, and student personal information via the processes and system used within the unit.
  • Collaborate with the ACSD exams office to ensure that student accommodations and accessibility services are implemented; communicate with the ACSD exams office regarding unique exam set up for students.
  • Attend current professional development and be abreast of the literature in the field of disability as it pertains to work within the ACSD.
  • Be aware of and collaborate with Campus Wellness and Support and Student Services in supporting students as needed.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field (e.g. Psychology, Disability Studies, Education etc.) and four to seven years of related work experience.
  • Good knowledge (Level 4) of spoken and written English in order to communicate effectively with faculty, staff, and students and to draft correspondence, documentation, and reports; good knowledge (Level 4) of spoken French and basic knowledge (Level 3) of written French to respond to general inquiries.
  • Basic knowledge of Word and PowerPoint to create and update documents and presentations.
  • Knowledge of external programs oriented towards students with disabilities, demonstrated knowledge of assistive technology and excellent problem solving skills to assess documentation and evaluate student needs.
  • Knowledge of the principles of Universal Design as they apply in an educational institution; demonstrated knowledge of disability-specific barriers and barrier reduction strategies; demonstrated knowledge of inclusive education.
  • Knowledge of government legislation which determines disability support at the post-secondary level, and community resources.
  • Familiarity with the Quebec and Canada Human Rights Code.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills with the ability to deal sensitively with individuals.
  • Approachability (is sensitive and patient with others); experience in dealing compassionately with individuals in sometimes difficult personal situations.
  • Ability to multi-task and work under pressure with minimal supervision and composure.
  • Aptitude to work in a service-oriented environment as both a member of a team and independently.
  • Able to accept constructive feedback, reflect and integrate suggestions, and change practices to an improved service delivery.

Salary

$72,677.00 – $86,799.00 per annum

Interested applicants must submit a curriculum vitae with a covering letter by April 28, 2021. Please click on the How to Apply button below for further instructions.

IMPORTANT: The language and computer skills of short-listed candidates will be tested.


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